Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.


In the few hours that I was in Hawaii, I did get a chance to experience a couple of restaurants in the Ala Moana Center.

Beedoo and I went to Bubba Gump’s and we actually had the same exact thing – a Lava Flow (which was pretty awesome from what I remember – especially for a very infrequent drinker like myself :)) and the Pear & Berry salad, which had a great texture with chicken and a wide variety of fruits, all topped with feta cheese and a raspberry vinaigrette.

The salad was so awesome that you didn’t need to have anything else with it. I would also venture to guess that both of us, especially coming to the end of what was a 45-hour day crossing the date line, that was more than enough to eat ๐Ÿ˜‰

One interesting thing, for me at least, was that Bubba Gump is on the 4th floor, right by the Mai Tai Bar where there was a nice crowd there in the mid afternoon for Monday Night Football, where the right team won that day. ๐Ÿ˜‰


– Here is a link to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co

– Here is the regular menu for Oahu

– Here is the kids menu for Oahu

Costco Hawaiian Awesomeness!

The wonderful Pomai over at The Tasty Island has posted a huge post full of photos of the great buys available at Costco.

Not only are there photos but there are prices too! ๐Ÿ™‚

So any Aussies who were wondering what can be found at Costco – wonder no more. Just click on the link and all will be revealed.

Costco Made In Hawaii Eats

Waikiki Beach Hotels


Beedoo747 feet while floating in the water just off Waikiki Beach near the Hilton Hawaiian Village

I have added a new section in the link sidebar for Waikiki Beach Hotels.

There are a lot of hotels in Waikiki, but only 9 of them are beachfront on Waikiki Beach. Starting with the furthest from the Waikiki main strip, the beachfront hotels are –

Hilton Hawaiian Village – this includes the Grand Waikikian Suites which is a timeshare condo tower that is a part of the Hilton Hawaiian Village complex.

Hale Koa – a military only hotel – check here to see if you meet eligibility criteria.

Waikiki Shore – This is a condo tower. You can make bookings in several different ways.ย Via Outrigger and in that instance you get to use the pool at the next door Outrigger Reef. Via Castle Waikiki Shore. Via VRBO directly with condo owners. Via condo owners on other condo websites – you’d have to do some googling to find them. Each condo is decorated by the condo owner so the quality of the rooms can vary quite widely. If booking here and you want to make sure what you will get then VRBO or direct with the condo owner are the two better options.

Outrigger Reef On The Beach – Outrigger is very well known hotel brand in Hawaii and much loved by Aussies especially.

Halekulani – Five star Hawaiian luxury and some incredible dining options including Orchids, La Mer and House Without A Key

Sheraton Waikikiย – With recently installed infinity pool

The Royal Hawaiian – Known as the Pink Palace

Outrigger Waikiki On The Beach – Contains several popular eateries including Dukes, Hula Grill and Chucks Steakhouse

Moana Surfrider –ย A Westin Resort & Spa.

Any of these hotels would be an excellent choice!

The Cheesecake Factory


Crispy Crab Wontons – Crabmeat Blended with Cream Cheese, Green Onion, Water Chestnuts and Sweet Chili Sauce Fried Crisp in Wonton Wrappers.

Let us talk for a moment aboutย The Cheesecake Factory.

We Aussies love this place. The menu is incredibly huge, there is a lot to choose from. The serves are enormous. It is great value for money.

If you are going to eat there, my advice is to stick with appetisers. Get a few different ones, share them.

Me personally I love the Crispy Crab Wontons – the Roadside Sliders are great, the Chicken Taquitos are awesome too. Goes well with a Pina Colada or a Lava Flow.


Lava Flow

Then, cheesecake! There are so many kinds of cheesecake, you will need to be very decisive. And if you cannot pick just one, grab an extra slice to take back to the hotel for later.


Hi from Hoaโ€™aloha

Two things to make clear first –

1. I am not beedoo’s other half ๐Ÿ˜‰
2. I am not an Australian (in heritage, but at heart? That’s a different question altogether!)

You’ll see me mentioned around here as Hoa’aloha, which is one of the many words for “friend” in the Hawaiian language. In the Trip Advisor forums, when I do post (which is quite rare in itself), I am known as bigaln2.

As my “Hawaiian” name may indicate, I am a friend of beedoo and her partner. In fact, she has referred to me in her posts as her American friend.

I have been in Hawaii for less than one day. In fact, I arrived at 6:45 AM, and departed at around 10:30 PM or so headed back to home from an awesome trip to Australia. The sights I saw in Honolulu included:

  • The post office next to the airport
  • Riding a city bus along the Nimitz Highway and through downtown
  • A car with an Alaskan license plate
  • Ala Moana Center
  • Ala Moana state beach, which is pictured below:


For me, this trip is to experience a place I’ve never been to for a longer time than a single day. ย I already have my time off from work approved, and the plane tickets bought (thanks Expedia! :))

I also have the car rental sorted out, and I’m paying literally half the amount the rental agency is charging thanks to Discount Hawaii Car Rental – a site that I found out about on the forums.

Kthxbai from me for now! ๐Ÿ™‚

More trip reports added

Aussie Trip Reports –

2012 May โ€“ Twinnies

Oahu Trip Reports –

2006 Sept Monkeyinthemiddle (North Shore)ย Yes this was 2006 but it was so good I have included it, especially as there are not a lot of North Shore trip reports

2008 March โ€“ RatherBeinAK

2008 April โ€“ mattypw

2008 May โ€“ Hazel2005

2008 May โ€“ MedheadSA

2008 November โ€“ parrothd34

2008 October โ€“ BrightonBill

2008 October โ€“ shasta

2008 September โ€“ thenumbersarebad

2009 June โ€“ cdoherty

2009 July โ€“ piloti5

2009 October โ€“ NewYorkfoodee 2

2009 September โ€“ Calling_In_Sick

2010 October โ€“ koloagirl

2010 November โ€“ mankimus

2011 August โ€“ suezeke41

2011 October โ€“ BBreb

2012 August โ€“ dreamer4848

2012 July โ€“ RockyTopEngineer

2012 July โ€“ RockyTopEngineer 2

2012 July โ€“ RockyTopEngineer 3

2012 July โ€“ siesta4_1

2012 March โ€“ MelissaDawn123

2012 March- Sierra drift

2012 September โ€“ msneedleย <– I want to point out this one is AWESOME and you should read it.

2012 October โ€“ char_d77

Every time I think I have made progress, I find more trip reports not on the list. I don’t know if I will ever manage to list all of them..

I know I’ve had enough for the day when I find someone who has posted each day as a separate post and I just can’t face hunting down and linking to all the posts. Please, if you are writing a trip report, don’t do that! ๐Ÿ™‚ Or if you must make a separate day for each post, when you are done, link to all the days in *each* post, so they can easily be found by people later.

The Hawaii Five-0 Cocktail


In doing some research for this post, I discovered that Hilton have youtube videos on how to make some of their cocktails. You can see the video for the Hawaii Five-0 by clicking here.

I am normally a Pina Colada or Lava Flow girl, but I found this cocktail on my last trip and I am a big fan of it. The sweet and sour really makes this drink.

I found mine at Tropics Bar & Grill but you can probably get this at other Hilton bars too. If you go to Tropics during happy hour between 3-5pm this drink is only $8.50 and get some coconut shrimp to go with it, too!

New Links Added

The one thing I don’t like about this blog theme – you can’t see links you have clicked on already. This is going to mean a little bit of extra work on my part to post when I add in a bunch of links so that you can know what links are new.

Added today – Aussie Trip Reports –

2009 March โ€“ Search

2010 July โ€“ MissEllieLou

2010 Aug/Sept โ€“ Blondie59

2010 October โ€“ Beedoo747

2010 November โ€“ js4rq

2011 Aug/Sept โ€“ cosmo64

2011 May โ€“ DarbynJoan

2011 May โ€“ Sydney Shop Girl

2011 August -SydneyNicstar

2011 Nov โ€“ JohnandKatrina

2011 Nov โ€“ JohnandKatrina Pt 2

2011 Nov โ€“ JohnandKatrina Pt3

2011 Nov/Dec โ€“ Beedoo747

Oahu Trip Reports –

2010 August โ€“ SCMike92673

2011 December โ€“ fast72

Other links added –

Tips for Aussie Travellers

Where to buy Plus Size Ladies Wear?

Thats all for today. It is so exhausting searching trip advisor.. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ If you put in trip report, you get every post with the words trip and report in it. If you put in Aussie trip report, you get all the posts with those words in it. You then have to pick through everything for new stuff you have not added before. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ